Freshmen Michael Julian (1721) and Alex Mader (1920) placed 11th and 12th respectively in the D-V race at the CIF-State Championships, earning MileSplitCA All-State Freshman recognition. (DeAnna Turner photo)
The 2018 cross country season may have ended Dec. 8 at the Foot Locker Nationals in picturesque San Diego, but we want to take one final look back and recognize the top runners from what was a record-setting and spectacular season for so many across California.
Over the next 10 days, MileSplitCA will produce All-State teams for boys and girls, broken down by grade with overall girls and overall boys All-State teams to publish Dec. 30-31.
The folks at MileSplitCA have poured over results and rankings, 5K and 3-mile times, athlete comparisons and virtual meets, with the idea to create comprehensive teams across all grade levels.
No easy trick in XC, as you can imagine.
In these teams, we put more stock into how an athlete finished the season than how he or she began it. Super fast times in September we're easily surpassed by strong showings in November. In many cases, a runner's finish at the CIF-State Championships on Nov. 24 was the deciding factor. Body of work, leaders on a top team, external factors were also considered.
The pure nature of the sport makes this an impossible task to get perfect, especially in a state so rich with talent. While we tried to play out every scenario and comparison to make sure the runner we selected for Team A warrants the choice over a runner on Team B, it wasn't always that easy. So, keep in mind that these are subjective teams designed to recognize the accomplishments of the runners selected.
With that said, we also welcome your feedback. Comment on Facebook. Retweet and/or DM us on Twitter. Tell us where we got it right ... and not so much.
Either way, please enjoy, share on social, and have a safe and happy holidays!
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